COVID-19 Information

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  A test taken one day, for example, would be valid for a flight taken anytime the following day.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

*** Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Eswatini has confirmed 69 862 cases of COVID-19 and 1 394 deaths within its borders. Grocery stores and health clinics are open.

COVID-19 Testing:

Humanitarian Exemptions for COVID-19 Tests:

  • Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.
  • Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy Eswatini at MBAConsular@state.gov, and provide the information requested here.  The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Eswatini approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in Eswatini for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes  
  • Which vaccines are available in Eswatini?  
  • According to Eswatini authorities, the Astra-Zeneca and Pfizer shot is now available to all residents, including non-Swati citizens.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States. 
  • Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination. 

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, a negative covid test is required that is not older than 72 hours prior to arrival in Eswatini. The PCR test is waived for vaccinated travelers with proof of vaccination that includes a QR code.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
  • Passengers are required to wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon entry into the vehicle.
  • Passengers are required to wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon entry into the vehicle.
  • Fines for non-compliance on public transportation is between $7 and $33. Fines for not wearing a mask on the street is $4.

Consular Operations:

  • What ACS services are being offered? Normal operations.
  • What visa services are being offered? Normal operations.

Local Resources:

  • The Ministry of Health has established a toll-free hotline (975) to answer COVID-19 questions and receive reports of suspected cases, particularly from those who have traveled recently to mainland China. The government has designated a focal point for Eswatini’s COVID-19 response. It has also designated one isolation ward within a primary health care facility and a second isolation ward in an alternate health care facility for coronavirus case management.

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